Looking forward to ending
the dispute around the Interior Ministry post in Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi's government,
Abd al-Ghani al-Asadi and Yassin al-Yassiri are competing for the post,
according to a source in the Fatah Alliance, a main party in the negotiations
held to complete the formation of the government.
As for the defense minister post, the source revealed that the political blocs have settled on Salah al-Hariri, a military officer.
"The political blocs reached a semi-final agreement by consensus on the nomination of candidates for defense and the interior," the source said, asserting that the final settlement on a candidate for each of the two ministries will take place next week during the parliamentary sessions.
The source said that Yassiri and Asadi, both high-rank military officers, have been nominated by the political blocs so far, asserting that the former is the most likely to take the post.
Abd al-Mahdi has worked on completing the formation of his government since he took his post last October.
On October 24, Abd al-Mahdi managed to get the parliamentary approval on 14 out of 22 ministries. However, disagreements between political blocs, especially on the security ministries, have thwarted Abd al-Mahdi's efforts to complete the cabinet in a short time.